The Nation's Weight Problem Can't Wait

The American Public Health Association held its 2003 National Public Health Week, focusing on raising awareness of the obesity epidemic.

Overweight and obesity rates have grown rapidly in recent decades for people at all stages of life and in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults ages 20–74 are overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 25, and 31 percent are obese, with a BMI greater than 30.

Over the past 20 years, overweight has more than doubled in children ages 6–11 and tripled in adolescents.

Key Results

  • Under the grant, APHA accomplished the following:

    • Printed and distributed a planning guide to the nation's 3,000 public health departments. The planning guide is available on the American Public Health Association website.
    • Updated their website. The website now contains a set of tools for action against obesity and overweight.